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Mobile learning via SMS at Open University Malaysia: Equitable, effective, and sustainable

  • Tina Lim Open University Malaysia
  • Mansor Fadzil Open University Malaysia
  • Norziati Mansor Open University Malaysia
Keywords: distance education, open learning, open universities, distance universities, higher education, e-learning, SMS, text messaging, enhanced blended learning, innovation


This article describes Open University Malaysia’s efforts at enhancing the blended learning approach for undergraduate distance learners with the successful implementation of the Mobile Learning via SMS initiative. The pilot project was implemented in the May 2009 semester, and this coming January 2011 semester will be in its sixth consecutive semester. Aspects such as the conceptual model, the process flow of group messaging, and challenges faced, as well as effectiveness of the initiative, are discussed.

Author Biographies

Tina Lim, Open University Malaysia
Acting Director Institute of Quality, Research & Innovation
Mansor Fadzil, Open University Malaysia
Senior Vice President Open University Malaysia
Norziati Mansor, Open University Malaysia
Executive Institute of Quality, Research & Innovation
How to Cite
Lim, T., Fadzil, M., & Mansor, N. (2011). Mobile learning via SMS at Open University Malaysia: Equitable, effective, and sustainable. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(2), 122-137.
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